I kind of accidentally joined another online dating site.
I can see you, sitting there right now, raising an eyebrow at me, skeptical of this claim. How do you “accidentally” join a dating site?
Here's how: you register for a different site that is apparently owned by or an affiliate of a dating site, and poof! They give you an account on the dating site too. Then you start to get emails from said site, announcing that they have new matches for you. And you're like, “what the fuck - ?” and eventually you put two and two together and realize what happened.
Then you get bored one Friday night and think to yourself, WHAT THE HELL, because the whole meeting-people-the-old-fashioned-way isn't working terribly well for you, and you fill out your profile in a half-awake state, making sure to pull your bio information from your previous online-dating endeavor because, hey, you've already got the work half done.
I don't really know what I'm expecting from this. The last time I tried online dating (which, now that I think about it, was exactly this same time last year) I wasn't terribly thrilled with it. To quote myself (because that's not lame or narcisstic at all), online dating = a bunch of blind dates that you inflict upon yourself. It was more awkward than fun. I had been tossing around the idea of giving it another shot because, well, maybe this is a lame reason: but now that I've lost some weight, I feel a lot better about myself, AND I can now fit into some of my cuter clothes and they're totally going wasted by my lack of dating. And because boys are equally as shallow, on some level, maybe I'll have better luck now that I'm thinner and thus more ideal. Something.
I'd avoided OkCupid for two reasons: from what I had been hearing, it hadn't really caught on around here quite yet, and because something about a free site made me question it. The whole “you get what you pay for” mentality and all that.
However. A free site is the only type of site that I could even do right now, and that actually removes a lot of pressure. Before, I was convinced I had to get my money's worth, and I was only going to do it for a couple months because that was all I was willing to shell out the cash for. Now, though, if it's free, I can take my sweet time and browse around at my leisure.
Also, the first few profiles I clicked on were actually, like, solid leads: well-written and articulate and not all that bad-looking, either. Which proves that my other holdup was completely unjustified.
My phone was blowing up with email notifications today, though I suppose that could be because I was “fresh meat” - a new profile. Or maybe because I'm super fucking adorable and witty and awesome. Or some combination of the two. I'm not sure.
At any rate, I'm going to go poke around a little and see what's out there. Y'all seemed to enjoy my posts from the last attempt, and in some respect, it feels like it is my responsibility as a single blogger to occasionally regale you with stories of the dating world. THIS IS FOR YOU. I'm so selfless.
So, um, here we go, I guess. Again.